BREAST Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October each year to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Each year, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women anywhere in the world.
Women who are over 50 years old, have a family history of breast cancer, or are overweight, have a greater chance of developing the cancer than others. Poor diet, excessive alcohol use, and physical inactivity can also put one at greater risk for developing the disease.
The Jamaica Cancer Society recommends regular mammograms, which can detect the presence of lumps and other breast abnormalities up to two years earlier than a person would be able to see or feel them. The Ministry of Health says that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the more successful the treatment, as the disease is more easily managed in its early stages.
As we begin 'Pinktober', we remind you this month to do your checks, get your tests, and get serious about breast cancer awareness.